Dinuguan In A Ready-to-eat Packet
To those unfamiliar with this all-time favorite Filipino dish, it is described as “chocolate stew,” and it may take a lot of prodding and courage for anyone before having the first encounter with dinuguan.
The name of the dish comes from the Tagalog word, dugo, or blood. It’s a stew of pork meat and blood simmered in vinegar and other spices. It is usually consumed with steamed rice or, in many cases, puto (steamed rice cake) or pan de sal (salty dinner roll).
While I’ve eaten dinuguan many times before, I have actually never tried cooking it, and perhaps never have to, because now, this dish is available “ready to eat” in a single-serve packet.
I came across this item while shopping in a supermarket in Manila. It is one of several products by Goldilocks, which interestingly started as a bakeshop. Other items include other popular Filipino dishes like laing (taro leaves simmered in spicy coconut milk), paksiw na lechon (roasted pork simmered in vinegar and spices), and
bistik Tagalog (thinly sliced beef steak).
As indicated in the packet, all you need to do is either boil, microwave or add hot water to the ready mix and in just a few minutes, you can enjoy an almost authentic dinuguan.
No refrigeration is needed, but be sure to check the expirty date stamped on the packet. On the average, it has a shelf life of about a year.
Today, I tried this item for the very first time. My rating? 3.50 out of a possible 5 stars. It’s a little on the salty side, but a sprinkling of sugar would do the trick. It is also more soupy (Tagalog style) vs. the drier Ilocano version.